Someone I know who’s been knitting for a few years now surprised me by noting that he never realized there was more than one type of sheep. It got me to thinking how long it’s been since I realized (or cared) that there were different breeds.
New Jersey’s Annual Sheep-a-palooza
This past weekend the Garden State Sheep Breeders’ Association Festival took place and I reveled in all things fiber for most of Saturday.
I got a chance to meet up with Hayes, BJ and Todd when I was there.
I didn’t get a photo of Todd…I was too busy hugging him as it had been a while since I’d seen him.
I did some fiber shopping as well.
The very first booth I came to was Aisling Yarns and they had a couple of skeins of black and yellow fingering weight yarn that I had to have.
Then I hit the Suzanne and Thaddeus\’ (not my Thaddeus…another Thaddeus) booth, Groovy Hues and found another four hanks of fingering weight that were too gorgeous to pass up.
Finally, I made my way over to Mindy at Puff the Magic Rabbit and bought some of her mohair.
She also had a first-time-fleece from one of her goats that has been bottle-fed and kept mostly indoors in her house that I had to have.
It’s is impossible to convey how soft and silky and lustrous this fleece is…no matter what kind of photo I take of it, it looks like the hair of some monstrous women in a horror movie that just dragged herself backwards out of a well.
So, instead, I’ll show you a video of Cloudy, the goat whose fleece I now own taken by Mindy.
But if you’re ever at my house, I’ll be glad to let you pet my fleece and you’ll understand just what I mean about it’s soft gorgeousness.
I’m nearing the end of my latest Color Block Scarf.
I usually make these scarfs about 6 feet long and I am about 6 feet tall…almost finished.